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icrc headquarters | Geneva | Switzerland

  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: icrc headquarters | Geneva | Switzerland
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-01

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Reports to

Adviser for relations with academic circles

What we do

The Law and Policy Forum (DP_FORUM) brings together ICRC's various training and outreach capacities in humanitarian law, policy and action, with a view to promote IHL and other relevant norms, and to influence key actors and decision-makers on humanitarian issues of importance to the organisation. Through its different components (academic relations, academic research, the International Review of the Red Cross, online and onsite legal training, the Visitors & Conference centre, events & outreach), FORUM acts as a channel between the ICRC and the outside world. It carries out direct outreach activities to key external audiences, following a thematic approach and pursuing academic excellence.


The Law and Policy Forum is offering a one-year paid traineeship. Under the supervision of the Adviser for relations with academic circles and within the academic and research sectors, the trainee will mainly contribute to:

  • ICRC program for universities and think tanks supporting the teaching of IHL, humanitarian action and policy, and the development of networks of professors and other influential individuals committed to promoting and furthering respect for those fields and;
  • The organisation and development of IHL training events and materials to support the institution’s outreach to, in particular, professors, researchers and post-graduate students, among other audiences and;
  • The development and monitoring of partnerships with academic institutions to develop research, pedagogic tools and other activities in the field of humanitarian law, policy and action.

Main Responsibilities

Information collection, management and reporting

  • Identify, file, archive, share relevant correspondence and documents between headquarters and ICRC field Delegations (in English, French and Spanish) with ICRC focal points for academic circles worldwide
  • Respond to various requests regarding training opportunities and tools in the field of international humanitarian law, policy and action, as well as related fields

Support to academic partnerships and research

  • Conduct desk research (gathering, reviewing and analysing relevant literature on ongoing researched topics) when needed

Ad hoc support to the work of the law and Policy Forum and the ICRC

  • In consultation with the Adviser for relations with academic circles, provide ad hoc support as required by various initiatives and projects of the Law and Policy Forum and the ICRC at large

Certifications / Education required

Master’s degree, with a specialisation in international humanitarian law.

Professional Experience required

Teaching/training experience and/or experience animating online platforms (websites, blogs, social media, etc.).

Desired Profile and Skills

  • Demonstrated interest in the work of the ICRC, especially in the field of prevention of IHL violations
  • Understanding and interest in communication and education/training technologies
  • Experience in on-site and online promotion of IHL topics, events and tools  an asset
  • Experience in adapting text for web usage and webpage management (knowledge of Drupal CMS an asset)
  • Strong flexibility and mind openness
  • Humility and desire to learn
  • Strong analytical and organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and report accordingly
  • Sense of initiative


Fluency in English and in French, fluency in Spanish an asset

What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a stimulating humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • Take part in landmark ICRC projects for academics and law and policy audiences
  • A welcome course and other opportunities to deepen knowledge of the ICRC
  • Opportunities to enhance oral skills through presentations at the ICRC's Humanitarium
  • Paid traineeship
  • Join an ICRC talent pool, who can be considered for future assignments elsewhere

Additional Information

  • Activity rate: 100 %
  • Starting date: 1st march 2019
  • Location: ICRC Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Duration : 1 year
  • Deadline to apply: 9th December 2018
  • Your cover letter must specifically focus on this position (a non-specific cover letter will be considered a disqualifying factor)
  • Your CV must not contain more than 2 pages (a CV with more than 2 pages will be considered a disqualifying factor)
  • E-mail addresses and phone numbers of references must be provided
  • Only 1 recommendation letter per applicant will be considered
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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